One of the greatest fairy tale writers of all time chose to live in Copenhagen. Of course. After all, this city is made for fairy tales. Its colourful houses, the passers-by enraptured with every detail, and the water’s gentle murmuring in the canals all make it impossible to imagine Andersen creating his timeless stories anywhere else.
First-time visitors may sense something strange in the atmosphere, something which, just a short while later, becomes evident: the absence of noise. Or at least the excessive noise characteristic of large cities. Copenhagen has modern-day traffic signalling but its roads are designed to keep vehicles in check and pedestrians happy. Although the narrow streets form a maze of crossroads, pedestrians never find themselves forced up against a wall to let a car pass by. This is a green city where pedestrians rule, perhaps along with bikes.
The impression you get is that there isn’t a single ugly building in Copenhagen. Every construction is a monument. That applies to the Tivoli Gardens too, a clear example of art in something as apparently frivolous as a theme park.
In Denmark everybody’s tall, not just young people. When you see the imposing police officers who patrol the city, pleasant and unhurried, the region’s viking past inevitably comes to mind. The city hall square is home to statues recounting episodes from viking mythology and at the National Museum you can learn about that ancient people’s day to day life in depth.
The Little Mermaid seems small to almost everyone who visits. But she stops being little if you manage to forget the people roundabouts and just contemplate her, perfect guardian of the bay she overlooks and keeper of thousands of secrets revealed to her over the centuries by Danish sailors.
REALIZACIÓN E ILUSTRACIÓN: Fran Marcos
FOTOGRAFÍA: Jesús Leonardo
MAKE & HAIR: Moisés Freire
MODEL: Svetlana at Blow Model